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Manda_D
06-10-2006, 05:35 AM
there have been people commenting on things that he said in this interview so i found the entire thing...

2003 US OPEN – A USTA EVENT
NEW YORK CITY

August 29, 2003

A. RODDICK/I. Ljubicic
6-3, 6-7, 6-3, 7-6

IVAN LJUBICIC

MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. It was a tough match. Do you feel like you could have come out with a better result?

IVAN LJUBICIC: Well, I think that anywhere in the world, except in the United States, if we played this match I won it.

Q. You feel --

IVAN LJUBICIC: No, I feel I don't. That's my opinion.

Q. Do you hold the umpire responsible?

IVAN LJUBICIC: Umpires, crowd. He's acting on the court and stuff like that.

Q. What did he do that you didn't like?

IVAN LJUBICIC: I mean, generally, I don't like him. I mean, not me, nobody in the locker room like his acting on the court. But that's not -- I mean, he's a good player. He's gonna win a lot of matches, but not because he's like that. It's just that we don't like it. Because nobody acts like that. He's the only one.

Q. He's in your face, isn't he?

IVAN LJUBICIC: It's -- he's just -- he doesn't respect the others, that's all what I can say. You know, it's not in your face or it's not in your face, doesn't matter. It's just that it's not -- well, some other player's going in your face and you understand that they just want to win a match. But what he's doing is just pumping up the crowd, which is, in the United States he can do it. But everywhere else, if he does it, the people smiled, you know. Just like that. Fortunately for him, there is like 70 percent of the big tournaments are playing in the States. He's No. 4 in the world for that.

Q. That's, obviously, very unfair for you?

IVAN LJUBICIC: I'm not looking at that. I'm just telling you the feeling of the guys in the locker room. Me, personally, I don't mind, really. I'm not looking at him when he's doing it.

Q. It affected the outcome of the match today?

IVAN LJUBICIC: Well, it affected the linesmen, it affect the crowd. It affected everyone else except me. It's enough usually. In the match like this, that's what it's make the change.

Q. Did you say anything to him at the end?

IVAN LJUBICIC: No. I said, again, I have nothing against him. I'm just saying that that's my opinion. He can do it. I can do whatever I want also on the court. It's just the way he does it. I mean, it's opinion of the players. I'm saying. It's -- some players are also trying to make you mad on the court. They're trying to tell you bad words, you know, just to try to take your mind away from the game, which is also part of the game, obviously, you know. In the end, we still shake the hands and there is nothing to say about it. We try everything what we can to win a match.

Q. When you say it affects the linesman, do you mean particularly at 7-6, breakpoint in the fourth set?

IVAN LJUBICIC: That was the crucial point, obviously. I am expecting some bad calls. But, you know, it hurts when it happens in the crucial moment like that. You know, if he hits the forehand and before the ball bounce on the ground, he said, "Yes," for the linesman, it's really difficult to call that ball, you know. Obviously, the chair umpire is on the far side of the line. He's not gonna call it for sure.

Q. You think he has that much influence on the linesman?

IVAN LJUBICIC: For sure. Not only him.

Q. When you say the other players feel this, have people said anything to him in the locker room about it?

IVAN LJUBICIC: No. It's just that every single player said to me, "Good luck. Kick his ***. We can't see him," things like that.

Q. Is there anything that can be done about it?

IVAN LJUBICIC: No. There's nothing to be done about it. I am telling you, in the past I'm sure there were lot worst players than him. It's part of the game. It's just that we don't like it. There's nothing to do about it. It's not like we don't like it so we have to change it. No, it's him. We don't like him, but who cares.

Q. There's nothing that can be done with the US Open or anywhere?

IVAN LJUBICIC: No. I'm telling you, it's a part of the game. It's not like it's breaking some rules or something. It's just that people don't like it. I mean, if you -- I don't know, you don't like Dunkin' Doughnuts, you have to do something about it? No, you don't like it. Just don't go there. That's it.

Q. Do you think it goes against the spirit of how the game should be played?

IVAN LJUBICIC: Well, obviously, it's -- I'm repeating. He's the only one who is doing it. Obviously, there is something not wrong, but something different. Maybe its good for the game. I'm not saying that it's bad. For sure, we need some -- something different in a game. Because, obviously, we need some interesting guys out there, you know. But you can be interesting also in the positive way.

Q. But it's not very sporting, is it?

IVAN LJUBICIC: I mean... That's -- I mean, in the end, he won. Well done. Doesn't matter what he did to do it - in the end. Obviously, if he gets the warning, if he gets the penalty point, he gets kicked out of the court because of that, I mean, we can discuss it. But it's nothing out of the rules.

Q. Is it like playing a big football match, playing a big football team at home, and you can expect they're gonna get their...

IVAN LJUBICIC: Yeah, something like that, yeah.

Q. You fell on the ground on the 7-6 point to express your feelings, but you really didn't say anything to the umpire.

IVAN LJUBICIC: What can I say? If he's gonna change it, he's gonna change it straight away. If he's not changing it in the next one, two seconds, you can talk all night. He's not gonna change it. Doesn't make any sense to lose the energy for that.

Q. How well would you say you executed your game plan tonight?

IVAN LJUBICIC: Well, I started pretty bad. Just I think those -- I played two bad games, which is the break in the first and in the third. Except that, I'm satisfied how I played, and maybe I could use my serve little better in the first set. But generally, looking, I still had the chance to win the fourth and to go on maybe to win whole match. So I really can't say that I'm not satisfied with my game. Obviously, it's not enough. You know, you cannot be happy because you lost. You can be satisfied with the game, maybe. But you always feel that you could do something, something more

hes so bloody bitter! he lost and couldnt seem to get over it. pretty funny stuff though!

Duzza
06-10-2006, 05:41 AM
cool. good find.

dmastous
06-10-2006, 05:44 AM
Who was he talking about? Roddick?

Manda_D
06-10-2006, 05:45 AM
Who was he talking about? Roddick?


yep.. after he lost to him at uso 2003

alienhamster
06-10-2006, 05:53 AM
I was thinking about this yesterday. I remember people on these boards in 2003 defending Ljubicic to the death because his opinions were "trustworthy" and "honorable." I think, though, these were just anti-Roddick bandwagon folks lookin' for anything to feed their hate for the American.

Plain and simple, as we saw yesterday, Ljubicic is a big ole baby who just can't pull it together mentally for the slams. It's weird because he's clearly shown the fortitude to win big (as in Davis Cup). But he just WHINES like crazy about irrelevant things when he should just be focussing on executing his game.

oscar_2424
06-10-2006, 05:56 AM
I was thinking about this yesterday. I remember people on these boards in 2003 defending Ljubicic to the death because his opinions were "trustworthy" and "honorable." I think, though, these were just anti-Roddick bandwagon folks lookin' for anything to feed their hate for the American.

Plain and simple, as we saw yesterday, Ljubicic is a big ole baby who just can't pull it together mentally for the slams. It's weird because he's clearly shown the fortitude to win big (as in Davis Cup). But he just WHINES like crazy about irrelevant things when he should just be focussing on executing his game.
Agree!

Manda_D
06-10-2006, 05:57 AM
I was thinking about this yesterday. I remember people on these boards in 2003 defending Ljubicic to the death because his opinions were "trustworthy" and "honorable." I think, though, these were just anti-Roddick bandwagon folks lookin' for anything to feed their hate for the American.

Plain and simple, as we saw yesterday, Ljubicic is a big ole baby who just can't pull it together mentally for the slams. It's weird because he's clearly shown the fortitude to win big (as in Davis Cup). But he just WHINES like crazy about irrelevant things when he should just be focussing on executing his game.


YES thats exactly right. he tries to come up with excuses and tries to make himself seem the hero and all the others in the locker room love him.... but whats the bet they all mock him behind his back and are being sarcastic towards him..

god he annoys me!

Feńa14
06-10-2006, 08:18 AM
I like him and respect what he has to say.

I believe he was telling the truth about Roddick in that interview. If I was on the tour and had him doing things like he does on court I wouldn't be too impressed either, i'm sure a few players aren't too happy about it yet he was the one to speak up about it. Fair play to him.

Roddick was pulling all kind of stunts in that particular US Open, in that match and also the Semi against Nalbandian that was quite frankly sickening with the crowds behaviour and the conduct of himself and the line judges.

Do you really think Ljubicic would lie about people telling him to go out and "kick his ***"? That's not something you would make up.

Ljubicic also says that the players want Federer to beat Nadal, which I can also totally believe. Roger is one of the nicest men on tour and people don't mind losing to him with his brilliance. It's going to be frustrating losing to Nadal when he camps out 5 foot behind the baseline and just makes you win the point so many times. Plus the players know what winning tomorrow will do for Roger, with him holding all four at once and make the Grand Slam a real possibility. The players want to be part of history and they know that Roger deserves it. Nadals constant fist pumping and jumping around and rubbing your face in the fact that he has out defended you surely doesn't go down well with all the players.

Ljubicic is probably also right on that account.

nn
06-10-2006, 09:27 AM
respect for Ljubicic...for whom?? slam winner!! mater series winner!!! just Davis cup is not enough and Mario won the last match to lift Davis Cup.


shhh this guy can't win any important matches (look at his record in finals)..

how on the earth one can respect and trust him..no way

world go with winners not other way

Ivanišević
06-10-2006, 09:43 AM
respect for Ljubicic...for whom?? slam winner!! mater series winner!!! just Davis cup is not enough and Mario won the last match to lift Davis Cup.


shhh this guy can't win any important matches (look at his record in finals)..

how on the earth one can respect and trust him..no way

world go with winners not other way
so if someone wins 5 grand slam that means he should be a respectful person?!

The tennis guy
06-10-2006, 01:10 PM
How many of you remember that match?

I was at the match that day. I have to say Roddick was a little over the top in that match to me.

Chadwixx
06-10-2006, 01:20 PM
The 2003 was such bs, lube was right.

Roddick was the only player who played to schedule and the only player who was allowed to practice. The tournament officials actually called him to let him know a court was availible to practice on if he wanted after the coria bjorkman match was haulted.

Along with 100 other things that went down during the tournament. Im sure lube wasnt the only player who was ****ed off at what roddick was given.

Chadwixx
06-10-2006, 01:23 PM
I was thinking about this yesterday. I remember people on these boards in 2003 defending Ljubicic to the death because his opinions were "trustworthy" and "honorable." I think, though, these were just anti-Roddick bandwagon folks lookin' for anything to feed their hate for the American.

Plain and simple, as we saw yesterday, Ljubicic is a big ole baby who just can't pull it together mentally for the slams. It's weird because he's clearly shown the fortitude to win big (as in Davis Cup). But he just WHINES like crazy about irrelevant things when he should just be focussing on executing his game.

Do you understand the rules of tennis? You have a certain amount of time in between points and nadal consistenly exceeds this. What is so hard to understand about this? Its a rule violation that anyone who can count to 25 should be able to figure out.

35ft6
06-10-2006, 01:25 PM
On Roddick...IVAN LJUBICIC: I'm not looking at that. I'm just telling you the feeling of the guys in the locker room. Me, personally, I don't mind, really. I'm not looking at him when he's doing it. On Nadal... "I would love to see Roger winning," he said. "Everyone in the locker room would." I like Lube, but when he first said something about the "guys in locker room" about Roddick, I thought it was a bit lame. Like a kid saying "everybody in class thinks you're fat." Now it appears to be a pattern. Maybe he's one of those people who think they had to work hard to get where he's at and he simply can't stand young pretty boys who are successful right out the block?

Grimjack
06-10-2006, 01:25 PM
Time has shown Ljubicic was correct about Roddick. Roddick was an ***, but got away with it because he was flavor of the month. There was a push to get him over on the public and give him all the breaks.

But, alas, he was TOO big an ***. Fans started realizing it, and stopped caring about him. As soon as he dropped out of the media spotlight, he stopped getting gift calls ten times a match, his results went in the crapper, and he's been a non-factor ever since.

Ljubicic, to his credit, has also backed up his stance by being a better tennis player than Andy week-in/week-out, ever since.

Does Ljubicic choke away matches he shouldn't at the ends of big tournaments? You bet'cha.

Does that mean he's necessarily wrong when he says Roddick and Nadal are frauds whose results are artificially propped up by ATP-sanctioned cheating? No effing way.

Ljubo is the Jose Canseco of the ATP. The only guy telling it like it really is.

Chadwixx
06-10-2006, 01:27 PM
He makes two similar comments over a 3 yr span and you have a pattern?

Its not like he is serena who makes the same comments after every loss.

DashaandSafin
06-10-2006, 01:30 PM
Meh. I think he thinks that he thinks that hes too good.

Makes sense?

Basically hes big headed.

Now before you go telling me his past, i know it already, he is pretty big headed. He said before his Nadal match that he felt like he had a good chance, big chance at beating him. He said that he saw no special things in Nadal's game.

What a load of bull.

Im sure nothing special about Nadal's game, thats why he beat Federer 3 times this year.

The guy is a good player, of course, huge serve and forehand as well as backhand as well as nice touch at the net. However, i hope he's a bit more careful about his comments next time, or they could be misconstrued. Things are often lost in translation as Twistserver knows.

35ft6
06-10-2006, 01:37 PM
He makes two similar comments over a 3 yr span and you have a pattern? Yeah, I was going to edit it, but was too lazy. They are similar though.

The tennis guy
06-10-2006, 01:37 PM
On Roddick... On Nadal... I like Lube, but when he first said something about the "guys in locker room" about Roddick, I thought it was a bit lame. Like a kid saying "everybody in class thinks you're fat." Now it appears to be a pattern. Maybe he's one of those people who think they had to work hard to get where he's at and he simply can't stand young pretty boys who are successful right out the block?

Unfortunately the press got the wrong quote, and you and many others don't bother to check whether it is true or not. Read his interview transcript, he didn't say guys in locker room this time.

Q. Do you have an opinion about what may happen in the final on Sunday, and do you care who wins?

IVAN LJUBICIC: Well, I would love to see Roger win it. I think everybody will because it would be nice. He is the best player probably ever in tennis and it would be, I think, nice to see him lifting the trophy here.

The tennis guy
06-10-2006, 01:43 PM
Now before you go telling me his past, i know it already, he is pretty big headed. He said before his Nadal match that he felt like he had a good chance, big chance at beating him. He said that he saw no special things in Nadal's game.

What a load of bull.

Im sure nothing special about Nadal's game, thats why he beat Federer 3 times this year.

The guy is a good player, of course, huge serve and forehand as well as backhand as well as nice touch at the net. However, i hope he's a bit more careful about his comments next time, or they could be misconstrued. Things are often lost in translation as Twistserver knows.

Again, unfortunately people like you have a pre-conception of someone without checking exactly what he said. This is what he said before Nadal match - judge for youself, not what someone else interpreted or paraphrased for you:

Q. This will be the fourth time you will be playing Nadal. Extremely close matches, all on hard court. How significnt do you think the clay is going to be in changing the conditions in which the two of you have played?

IVAN LJUBICIC: Well, I don't think there is any doubt that he is a big favorite. I don't think only in the semifinal, but also in the final. I think of four of us left, I think he's definitely the favorite one. Then Roger, then David, then it's me.

Q. Do you have to believe you can beat Rafael to beat him? He has such an aura now, he's won all these matches.

IVAN LJUBICIC: I'm not impressed with that streak. I mean, it's fantastic results. But he was close of losing matches so many times that, as I said before, it has to happen one day. And I do believe that I can beat him, yes.

Q. Who would be more intimidating on clay, Roger or Rafa?

IVAN LJUBICIC: Nobody can intimidate me, I think. My ranking is good enough, I think.

Q. More difficult?

IVAN LJUBICIC: It's different. I mean, Rafa, it's more probably physical than about concentration because so many balls look so easy and you just find yourself not hitting the winners that I see all these guys.

But Roger, it's Roger. I mean, he's just fantastic player. You never know what is gonna happen. You know more or less what you can expect from Rafael, but I would always be more worried about Roger.

The tennis guy
06-10-2006, 01:52 PM
Just a note, about 10 years ago, I started to realize what reported of what one player said in interview about others didn't necessarily match what they said exactly in interview. I started to have this habit going to the website, reading interview transcript. It tells you almost completely different stories.

Rhino
06-10-2006, 01:52 PM
No problems with Ljubo here, he's totally on the ball, what's the issue????
Long live Ljubicic he was in a position to be sure, and sure he was

superman1
06-10-2006, 03:50 PM
Ljubicic just says what's on everyone else's mind. What does he care? He's a tough guy, he's been through a lot in his life, so if he feels like one of the little kids he's playing against is acting up then he's not afraid to say it. It's a lot better than saying the same thing everyone else says. "Unbelievable match, I had my chances, I didn't take them, he won. That's it."

nn
06-10-2006, 04:33 PM
so if someone wins 5 grand slam that means he should be a respectful person?!
when you are winning you don't make such comments only losers do??

Dan007
06-10-2006, 05:21 PM
Ljubicic is Jerk. He seems that he can't accept the fact that he lost to a better player, and he keeps whining throughout the whole interview. It's a good thing he always gets his *** kicked in the finals when he reaches it.

Rhino
06-10-2006, 05:41 PM
Ljubicic is Jerk. He seems that he can't accept the fact that he lost to a better player, and he keeps whining throughout the whole interview. It's a good thing he always gets his *** kicked in the finals when he reaches it.

.....

David L
06-10-2006, 06:29 PM
respect for Ljubicic...for whom?? slam winner!! mater series winner!!! just Davis cup is not enough and Mario won the last match to lift Davis Cup.


shhh this guy can't win any important matches (look at his record in finals)..

how on the earth one can respect and trust him..no way

world go with winners not other way

Regarding 'winners' in general(not specific to sport), lots of 'winners' out there are also wankers. Winning is not everything. I don't see the correlation between someone who is successful and someone who is trustworthy. You can be a successful yet reprehensible and dishonest individual. The two are not mutually exclusive. It is even arguable that the 'winners' in this world tend to be the less savoury characters.

Regarding Ljubicic, if what he said is true, then there is nothing wrong with him relaying it. Don't shoot the messenger.

tangerine
06-10-2006, 07:51 PM
I've noticed that every time Ljubicic bashes a superior player (Nadal, Roddick, Nalbandian, etc.) he always ends up getting his *** kicked. :lol: Ljubicic brags about how he's the real No. 2 player in the world, that he's the only player who can beat Federer, etc. and yet he has absolutely nothing to show for any of this bravado. It's kind of hard to take someone who suffers from delusions of grandeur seriously.

The USO incident just shows how much of an out-of-touch *** he was then and continues to be now. By taking the high road, Roddick came out of that whole thing smelling like roses.

Nadal took the high road too and so Ljubicic was forced to do a little damage control by sending Rafa a half-assed e-mail apology. LOL.

David L
06-10-2006, 10:01 PM
He said before his Nadal match that he felt like he had a good chance, big chance at beating him.

What's wrong with saying you have a good chance, particularly if you are playing well?

People seem to forget that pros are not fans. They don't run around in awe of the other players. They see them as colleagues and competitors. You know, peers and equals. They are never going to go around worshipping players like fans do, saying things like they have no chance of winning. Any player who is 4 in the world, definitely has a chance of beating any other player in the world, regardless of rank or surface. Why would he say he has no chance? Of course he has a chance.

I've noticed that every time Ljubicic bashes a superior player (Nadal, Roddick, Nalbandian, etc.) he always ends up getting his *** kicked. :lol: Ljubicic brags about how he's the real No. 2 player in the world, that he's the only player who can beat Federer, etc. and yet he has absolutely nothing to show for any of this bravado. It's kind of hard to take someone who suffers from delusions of grandeur seriously.

The USO incident just shows how much of an out-of-touch *** he was then and continues to be now. By taking the high road, Roddick came out of that whole thing smelling like roses.

Nadal took the high road too and so Ljubicic was forced to do a little damage control by sending Rafa a half-assed e-mail apology. LOL.

I think you are misrepresenting what Ljubicic has said. Can you support any of your claims with quotes? The duplicitous thing about misrepresentations, is that they have an element of truth, despite being false, so people are more likely to believe them than barefaced lies. It's a trick that propagandists and politicians use all the time. Obviously, I cannot tell whether your misrepresentations are intentional, unwitting or derive from misrepresentations relayed to you.

One example, your assertion that Ljubicic said he was the real No.2. I don't ever recall him saying this. I recall him saying something along the lines of being the in form number 2, at the start of the year. I think this was accurate because he had the best results after Federer, earlier this year. The fact that the ATP have a race ranking alongside the entry ranking, demonstrates that there is some special significance to league type placings, as well as ranking based on the previous years results.

alienhamster
06-11-2006, 09:12 AM
Time has shown Ljubicic was correct about Roddick. Roddick was an ***, but got away with it because he was flavor of the month. There was a push to get him over on the public and give him all the breaks.

But, alas, he was TOO big an ***. Fans started realizing it, and stopped caring about him. As soon as he dropped out of the media spotlight, he stopped getting gift calls ten times a match, his results went in the crapper, and he's been a non-factor ever since.

Ljubicic, to his credit, has also backed up his stance by being a better tennis player than Andy week-in/week-out, ever since.

Does Ljubicic choke away matches he shouldn't at the ends of big tournaments? You bet'cha.

Does that mean he's necessarily wrong when he says Roddick and Nadal are frauds whose results are artificially propped up by ATP-sanctioned cheating? No effing way.

Ljubo is the Jose Canseco of the ATP. The only guy telling it like it really is. Umm, okay. That's the weirdest recent history of tennis that I've ever read.

What an idiot I am! I was under the simple assumption that Roddick's decline had everything to do with lack of confidence, concentration, and technical improvements in his court positioning and strokes. But now I see it's all about ATP marketing.

Right . . .

Anyway, Ljubicic has no business talking smack about people when it's simply motivated by his own crappy tennis play. Big a big boy and own up to your own faults, dude.

alienhamster
06-11-2006, 09:16 AM
Do you understand the rules of tennis? You have a certain amount of time in between points and nadal consistenly exceeds this. What is so hard to understand about this? Its a rule violation that anyone who can count to 25 should be able to figure out. Do you understand how condescending you are?

YES, I understand the rules of tennis, though I'm puzzled as to how we got on the topic of allotted time between points on service suddenly. I don't like that Nadal does that either, and he should be penalized.

But this is beside the point: Ljubicic's motivations for complaining have little to do with his opponents and everything to do with his own game. He should talk more about himself and less about what everyone else is doing wrong.

I don't know why anyone likes this guy, to be honest.

DashaandSafin
06-16-2006, 10:13 AM
Again, unfortunately people like you have a pre-conception of someone without checking exactly what he said. This is what he said before Nadal match - judge for youself, not what someone else interpreted or paraphrased for you:

Q. This will be the fourth time you will be playing Nadal. Extremely close matches, all on hard court. How significnt do you think the clay is going to be in changing the conditions in which the two of you have played?

IVAN LJUBICIC: Well, I don't think there is any doubt that he is a big favorite. I don't think only in the semifinal, but also in the final. I think of four of us left, I think he's definitely the favorite one. Then Roger, then David, then it's me.

Q. Do you have to believe you can beat Rafael to beat him? He has such an aura now, he's won all these matches.

IVAN LJUBICIC: I'm not impressed with that streak. I mean, it's fantastic results. But he was close of losing matches so many times that, as I said before, it has to happen one day. And I do believe that I can beat him, yes.

Q. Who would be more intimidating on clay, Roger or Rafa?

IVAN LJUBICIC: Nobody can intimidate me, I think. My ranking is good enough, I think.

Q. More difficult?

IVAN LJUBICIC: It's different. I mean, Rafa, it's more probably physical than about concentration because so many balls look so easy and you just find yourself not hitting the winners that I see all these guys.

But Roger, it's Roger. I mean, he's just fantastic player. You never know what is gonna happen. You know more or less what you can expect from Rafael, but I would always be more worried about Roger.
I heard it from the commentators. I didnt read it from a transcript.

DashaandSafin
06-16-2006, 10:14 AM
Do you understand how condescending you are?

YES, I understand the rules of tennis, though I'm puzzled as to how we got on the topic of allotted time between points on service suddenly. I don't like that Nadal does that either, and he should be penalized.

But this is beside the point: Ljubicic's motivations for complaining have little to do with his opponents and everything to do with his own game. He should talk more about himself and less about what everyone else is doing wrong.

I don't know why anyone likes this guy, to be honest.
He isnt exactly Brad Pitt either...

Ivanišević
06-16-2006, 10:55 AM
He isnt exactly Brad Pitt either...
are you?:)

unjugon
06-16-2006, 11:04 AM
Like I said in another topic, when it´s several players that have troubles with Ljubo...one starts to ponder whether the bad guy is him, or all the rest at the same time. Makes sense?

Ivanišević
06-16-2006, 11:06 AM
Like I said in another topic, when it´s several players that have troubles with Ljubo...one starts to ponder whether the bad guy is him, or all the rest at the same time. Makes sense?
no..
i thought players had trouble with roddick!

Progressive10s
06-16-2006, 11:31 AM
Players like Ljubicic should have the guts to call the other players on the carpet right then and there. If Rafa is taking too much, question the chair umpire. If he or she doesn't give you the satisfaction, call for the head official! It is easy to complain about it later, make the move when it counts.

Count Grishnackh
06-16-2006, 05:27 PM
Time has shown Ljubicic was correct about Roddick. Roddick was an ***, but got away with it because he was flavor of the month. There was a push to get him over on the public and give him all the breaks.

But, alas, he was TOO big an ***. Fans started realizing it, and stopped caring about him. As soon as he dropped out of the media spotlight, he stopped getting gift calls ten times a match, his results went in the crapper, and he's been a non-factor ever since.

Ljubicic, to his credit, has also backed up his stance by being a better tennis player than Andy week-in/week-out, ever since.

Does Ljubicic choke away matches he shouldn't at the ends of big tournaments? You bet'cha.

Does that mean he's necess
arily wrong when he says Roddick and Nadal are frauds whose results are artificially propped up by ATP-sanctioned cheating? No effing way.

Ljubo is the Jose Canseco of the ATP. The only guy telling it like it really is.


People stopped caring about Roddick because he started losing earlier in slams and tournaments and mainly because he couldn't beat Fed. No other reason. There are a whole bunch of a s ses out there. Ljubicic is just a jealous loser, everyone in the TW message board thinks so. =P

DashaandSafin
06-16-2006, 06:22 PM
are you?:)
Actually yes.

Ivanišević
06-17-2006, 09:34 AM
Actually yes.
then i'm terribly sorry,brad:)